Performers outnumbered awards at Sunday’s BET Awards, which was jam-packed with everyone from Mariah Carey to Chris Brown with Nicki Minaj to R. Kelly to JT and many more.
Gallery: Photos From The 2013 BET Awards
K-Dot took home two of the night’s biggest awards, Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Best New Artist Award, but missed his acceptance speech for the latter as he was preparing to perform his breakout hit “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” which literally exploded on stage with a pyrotechnics show and a guest appearance by Erykah Badu.
The rapper got a chance to speak out to fans while accepting the Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award, where he reflected on his underprivileged upbringing and encouraged viewers to reach for their dreams.
“This is proof that you can do anything you put your mind to,” he said. “If you keep love, god, respect and hard work in your heart, you can do anything you want in your life”
The “Adorn” singer put his past behind him, and more than made up for his botched Billboard Music Awards performance, where he landed on a fan in a miscalculated jump. In addition to his Prince-inspired performance with Lamar, the crooner backed up J. Cole on his single “Power Trip,” and appeared with Mariah Carey to sing their summer hit, “#Beautiful.”
Carey brought down the house with her five-octave vocal range, but she and Miguel weren’t the only ones to play on the hashtag trend.
Robin Thicke’s lively performance of “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell and T.I. featured light up backdrops reading “#BlurredLines,” “#RobinThicke,” “#Pharrell” and “#Tip.” Thicke smoothly ventured into the audience during the song to croon to some of the ladies in the audience, but won over men and women alike with the crowd on their feet to groove to the No. 1 single.
Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg (err, Snoop Lion) and Stevie Wonder are just a few of the artists who honored soul icon and Gap Band leader Charlie Wilson in a half-hour long tribute to present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Pharrell, Jamie Foxx and India.Arie joined in, too, to perform hits like Snoop’s “Beautiful,” which featured Wilson, and the Gap Band classic “You Dropped a Bomb on Me.”
R. Kelly honored his own lengthy discography with a medley of songs including “Ignition (Remix),” “12 Play” and “You Remind Me.” Not to be forgotten was his infamous “Trapped in the Closet” saga, which was acted out in excerpts by a chorus positioned in the aisles throughout the audience. Watch below.
Between R. Kelly’s chorus and Kendrick’s fireworks, Janelle Monae had a lot to live up to as she closed out the night with her new single “Q.U.E.E.N.” and she more than delivered with help from Erykah Badu, who brought out a white poodle just to push the performance-packed show over the top.
Other big winners include Rihanna for Female R&B/Pop Artist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for Best Group and Minaj for Female Hip Hop Artist. Drake tied with Kendrick for most awards, sweeping Video of the Year, the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award and Best Collaboration (shared with Lamar).
Check out all of the BET Awards winners below:
Female R&B/Pop Artist: Rihanna
Male R&B/Pop Artist: Miguel
Group: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Collaboration: A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar — Problems
Male Hip Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year: Drake — Started From The Bottom
Video Director of the Year: Benny Boom
New Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
Actress: Kerry Washington
Actor: Jamie Foxx
YoungStars Award: Gabrielle Douglas
Movie: “Think Like A Man”
Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Gabrielle Douglas
Subway Sportsman of the Year: LeBron James
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award: Drake — Started From The Bottom
Centric Award: Tamar Braxton — Love and War
FANdemonium Award: Chris Brown
International Act: Ice Prince (Nigeria)
International Act: Emeli Sandé (U.K.)
Humanitarian Award: Dwayne Wade
Lifetime Achievement Award: Charlie Wilson
- Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com